Primary school fire set by kids young as 7

Children as young as seven years old are believed to be responsible for starting a fire on the grounds of St Paul’s National School in Portlaoise.

Children as young as seven years old are believed to be responsible for starting a fire on the grounds of St Paul’s National School in Portlaoise.

A child’s buggy and papers were set alight in the playground of the school on the town’s Borris Road on Saturday, November 29, causing damage to the canopy of the school. Witnesses have said the culprits were children aged seven or eight years old.

The fire brigade attended the scene, but a garda spokesperson has confirmed that the blaze was quickly brought under control and the damage to the canopy will not affect the operation of the school.

In other crime recently in the county town, a business and a day care centre were robbed in two separate burglaries in Portlaoise last Friday, November 28, with heartless thieves stealing two Christmas hampers. The Grinch-like crime was committed at Vincent’s Hospital, with the culprits also taking a television.

Meanwhile, the front window of the Meteor shop in the town centre was smashed some time between 4.30am and 10am, with property taken. A garda spokesperson suggested this offence may have been committed by “people after drinking excessively and then taking a chance”.